Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, made explosive claims on the Rachel Maddow show Wednesday night.
According to Parnas, Trump knew all about his and Giuliani's efforts to use congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine as leverage to spur announcements of investigations that would be politically beneficial to the President.
Last year, when Parnas was indicted for illegally funneling money to Republican campaigns, Trump denied knowing him.
Fully expecting Trump to repeat those denials after these new and explosive allegations, Parnas vowed to release a new photo of the pair together each time Trump tried to distance himself.
Predictably, Trump wholeheartedly denied knowing Parnas in the Oval Office on Thursday.
President Trump on Lev Parnas: "I don't know him at all. Don't know what he's about. Don't know where he comes from… https://t.co/P6OZf2jeFf— The Hill (@The Hill)1579209955.0
Not long after, Parnas's attorney—Joseph Bondy—made good on the earlier promise of his client, releasing a video of Parnas introducing people to Trump at Mar-A-Lago to the tune of Janet Jackson's Together Again.
Here’s the “I don’t know him at all, don’t know what he’s about, don’t know where he comes from, know nothing about… https://t.co/9hdu42D8Kh— Joseph A. Bondy (@Joseph A. Bondy)1579212600.0
It was just the latest in a days-long stream of evidence from Parnas's attorney that the two knew each other.
Call the witnesses. Hear the sworn testimony. @realDonaldTrump @RudyGiuliani @senatemajldr @SenSchumer #LetLevSpeak… https://t.co/HT1hvEwtO5— Joseph A. Bondy (@Joseph A. Bondy)1579019971.0
Call the witnesses. @realDonaldTrump @RudyGiuliani @senatemajldr @SenSchumer #LetLevSpeak #LevRemembers https://t.co/T3ZBMuCkYF— Joseph A. Bondy (@Joseph A. Bondy)1578967032.0
After our trip to DC, we worked through the night providing a trove of Lev Parnas’ WhatsApp messages, text messages… https://t.co/E7BDPE3MqZ— Joseph A. Bondy (@Joseph A. Bondy)1578923262.0
The evidence put up by Bondy was enough to rebut Trump's denial in the court of public opinion.
Trump just repeatedly claimed he doesn’t know Parnas. It appears the president didn’t let a prayer event stop him f… https://t.co/BPBdv0HAsO— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1579214096.0
yikes just endless receipts https://t.co/d8LIXruL7z— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko)1579213346.0
Hey @realDonaldTrump, please continue repeating that you don't know Lev. He'll just keep reminding you that you do.… https://t.co/WcvW1m01cM— Woman In The Moon (@Woman In The Moon)1579213076.0
Um. Lev Parnas' arm is around Trump and they aren't posing for a photo. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say, Tr… https://t.co/ABx2chsMwR— Jeremy Newberger (@Jeremy Newberger)1579213466.0
@josephabondy @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @Acosta Trump also said he’d “never met the man”...it’s almost like Trump thi… https://t.co/95KTE2uQd1— Dawn Young-McDaniel ♿️ (@Dawn Young-McDaniel ♿️)1579212881.0
@josephabondy @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @Acosta When trump says “I don’t know the guy. I don’t know what he’s about”.… https://t.co/pwjF6mdaww— Eriksson Hill (@Eriksson Hill)1579212903.0
@josephabondy @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @Acosta A full frontal attack. Donald Trump relies on the unspoken rules of… https://t.co/q2QKM2fM8o— Jack Hutton (@Jack Hutton)1579214273.0
Trump will likely deny knowing Parnas again, but we're sure Bondy has more evidence at the ready.
Part II of Parnas's interview with Rachel Maddow airs tonight.